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Border Control

I think this essay by crasch deserves to be read and linked to.



Oct. 1st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
no, you havent really answered my questions. your position isnt very clear. to me.

Yes. That's the sense I get.

To refocus: Should every community within a nation state be governed according to rules established at the national level without regard for local differences or the preferences of local communities? I answer "No," to this question. crasch formulated the question in terms of who should be allowed to cross the border but then asked why focus only on the national border. My interest in this question does not relate exclusively or specifically to the question of immigration.

The United States constitution lays out a very few and well-defined roles for the Federal Government and explicitly reserves decision-making authority over all other matters to the states and to the people. Over the course of the 20th Century and two World Wars, the US Federal Government has increased the scope of its authority and systematically undermined the authority of the states to regulate themselves according to local conditions, concerns, and cultural considerations.

One symptom of the inflated role of the federal government at the expense of local communities appears when we talk about "border control." The discussion automatically gravitates to the national borders, but what about the rights of individuals and communities to make decissions about regions defined by other boarders? State borders, for instance, or the border of a gated community. If someone has successfully passed through the discrimination exercised at the national border, do they then enjoy carte blanche to cross any border within the Nation? Does no other entity other than the Federal government have any say about the integrity of its borders?

You seem to recognize the rights of private property. Let's take a moment and appreciate this point of aggreement between us. Now, where do we stand on the question of county borders? I live in a dry county. I may not, under penalty of law, make, buy or sell alcoholic beverages in Benton county? Does Benton county enjoy the right to prohibit an activity that Federal law allows? So far, it would seem so. Does Humbolt county enjoy the right to allow an activity that Federal law prohibits. So far, it would seem not. Why?

If you still do not understand my concerns and my interest in crasch's essay, please ask further questions. I make the judgement that you posed many of your questions so far with rhetorical intent. I would encourage you to ask genuine clarificatory questions. If you do, I will answer them, though I will be signing off for the remainder of the day now, so don't take my short term lack of response for anything other than my having moved away from my internet connection for the day.

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